[Deadline Extended!] CFP: JAm It! Issue #5: “Watching the Watchmen:” The State of Policing in U.S. Cultural Production

CFP: JAm It! #5, Special Issue
“Watching the Watchmen:” The State of Policing in U.S. Cultural Production

US obsession with policing can be traced back as far as John Winthrop’s sermon “A Model of Christian Charity” (climaxed in the noted “the eyes of all people are on us”), delivered in 1630 on board of the Arbella. In one of white America’s foundational texts, the “eyes of all people” stand as an early figuration of panoptical undercurrents in the United States, whereby a professedly metaphysical yet very concrete control is enforced to safeguard social and ethical order. Canonical US literature, from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man also reminds us that order, even when not deferred to the State, has been violently enforced through coercion, stigma, or segregation throughout the history of the nation. Echoing the seminal figure of Esther Prynne, narratives produced by authors as diverse as W. E. B. Du Bois, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and, more recently, Sandra Cisneros, Louise Erdrich, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, are figurations and proofs of the United States’ leviathan policing apparatus and its employment in regulating non-conforming subjects in the name of a perfectly-engineered City Upon a Hill and the capitalistic permutation of its transcendental concept of social order. 

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[Deadline Extended!] CFP: JAm It! Issue #4: Disentangling the American Patchwork Heritage

Guest Editors: Francesco Chianese and Cristina Di Maio

Only about ten years ago, in his inaugural speech, Barack Obama expounded a reassuring and quasi-utopian view of the United States, by claiming the “patchwork heritage” of the United States to be a strength, as well as the very fabric of its society. He thus drew the fire of those who maintained that such a position would inexcusably downplay the racial contradictions and inequalities that had marked the country’s history. And yet, in the same years, alternative standpoints ardently promoted the multicultural model, defined as an effective realization of cultural pluralism, and hybrid and post-ethnic frameworks were boldly being endorsed. In fact, ever since the Nineties, alongside great efforts to voice the perspective of cultural minorities, the critical discourse in various academic fields has at times highlighted a certain skepticism towards studies privileging an ethnic analytical framework for investigating social dynamics, cultural and literary texts, or even an inclusive multicultural perspective where diverse ethnic viewpoint could co-exist.

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15708/2020 CFC C19 – short essays short essays on biography, history, and evidence, in American literature and culture.

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02/11/2020 – Call for contributions “Special Issue of World History Connected: Pandemics in World History”

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Call for applications AISNA Graduates 2019.

Tu vuò fa’ l’americanista
Ma si’ nato in Italy?

Le attività di AISNA Graduates quest’anno si sono strutturate, moltiplicate e rafforzate. La squadra attuale, organizzata in diversi gruppi, sta lavorando alla programmazione 2019, che si preannuncia già intensa. Perciò di seguito troverai le call for applications per entrare a far parte del comitato organizzativo di AISNA Graduates Forum.

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AISNA and AISNA Graduate Forum 27-28 settembre 2018: Il programma

Si segnala il programma dettagliato delle giornate AISNA (27 Settembre) e AISNA Graduate Forum (28 Settembre) che si svolgeranno presso il Centro Studi Americani di Roma.

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30/07/2018 – CFP: 1st AISNA Graduate Forum Conference 2018

AISNA GRADUATE FORUM 2018
1st AISNA Graduate Forum Conference

September 28, 2018
Centro Studi Americani
Roma, Italy

keynote speaker: Jeffrey C. Stewart.

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15/06/2018 – Deadline Extended! CFP: JAm It! (Nationalism: Hyper and Post)

Nationalism: Hyper and Post

The first issue of JAm It! will try to explore the intricacies of contemporary U.S. politics by addressing notions of hyper-nationalism and post-nationalism. 

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CFP: Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies

Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies
Closing Conference of the DFG-funded research network “Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies” (DFG # BA 3567/4-1)
Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, June 21-23, 2018.
Conference organizers: Dr. Pia Wiegmink (Obama Institute) and Dr. Birgit M. Bauridl (U Regensburg) Leggi tutto “CFP: Cultural Performance in Transnational American Studies”